A Peek Inside In The Crown Jewel Miniatures Imaginarium
“Necessity can be the springboard to success!”
Julia Child once said “Cooking is like love, it should be entered into with abandon or not at all”, and that’s how I feel about making 1:12 food art. I’m constantly searching for better servingware and sourcing true 1:12th scale items is often a challenge. Dishes are never thin enough, pots & pans are often chunky and baking pans that meet all the requirements are plastic and impossible to bake with polymer clay inside. (TIP: Make a mold of the interior of plastic pots & pans then bake your polymer clay in the mold, cool and transfer to the plastic pan).
Today I wanted slim, thin cutting boards & serving paddles and decided to try my hand at making them myself. I purchased a strip of bass wood at the craft store and grabbed my trusty Easy Cutter and this is the result of my very first attempt at making cutting boards:
I just measured and cut the length I wanted, used my cutters to nip the corners and around the handle, sanded the contours and used a pin vise to make a hole for the rope. I applied walnut stain, signed the bottom and finished with sealer.
It was easy, quick and as time goes on I will get a little fancier with shapes and handles and use other stains and finishes for a variety of options. Making 1:12 food art entails more than just crafting the food; utensils and servingware are a fun part of the process.
Happy crafting, mini friends!
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IGMA Artisan Robin Brady-Boxwell